Interesting trip to the John Day Fossil Beds

We enjoyed a quick getaway trip to Eastern Oregon to see the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. We stayed at the Condon Hotel which was an historic hotel built in the early 20th century. The weather was warm and dry which was a nice change from the cool wetness at home. I especially enjoyed seeing the Painted Hills near Mitchell, OR. They were as beautiful as all the photos I’d seen. We did a lot of driving, plus a few nice hikes. It’s a very sparsely populated area. I loved the smell of sagebrush…smelled just like a turkey in the oven! On our drive home we stopped to see the Maryhill Museum. That sure is a strange place! The best part of it was the huge collection of American Indian basketry.

Here’s a short video I made of our trip to the Fossil Beds and the Painted Hills.